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Kelly Clarkson’s Stripped-Down Solo Version of “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

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“Don’t You Wanna Stay” was a mega-hit for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson garnering massive radio success and awards for their collaboration.

Naturally, the song has become a staple in both Clarkson and Aldean’s sets on tour. Since they both obviously cannot be at each other’s shows every night, Aldean typically sings with a hologram “Kelly” and vice versa thanks to the magic of technology.

But Clarkson has changed things up a bit this tour run. She is currently out on the road with Maroon 5 as part of the Honda Civic Tour (the show is amazing FYI), and is doing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” as a stripped-down solo vocal performance.

She posted a live tour video today and had this to share via Twitter:

@kelly_clarkson: One of my favorite parts of the show is getting to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay” broken down. :)

Is it even a question how great this version is? Clarkson has been established as one of the best voices in music… ever. It really doesn’t matter what she sings. It’s all just THAT good.

Check out the video below:

The multi-genre star was also just nominated for two Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Vince Gill.

For more Kelly info and tour dates, visit: www.kellyclarkson.com.

Jason Aldean to Release Live Concert Film “Night Train to Georgia”

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Jason Aldean fans across America will have the chance to experience his historic “Night Train” Tour as it rode into Georgia earlier this year. The majority of the DVD was filmed in April at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. It will feature 18 songs, personal interviews and special guest performances from Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan & Ludacris. The DVD will be in stores on October 15th.

“That day in Athens will always be one of my proudest accomplishments,” said Aldean.  ”I’ve been working my whole career to get to this point where I can go into a stadium like Sanford, which I’ve idolized my whole life, and leave a mark.  I watch it back now to remember the details because it was all overwhelming and a pretty surreal moment for me.”

Fans can watch a trailer for the film here:   http://bit.ly/1aukgOR

TRACKLISTING FOR NIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA:
Crazy Town
Take a Little Ride
Tattoos On This Town
When She Says Baby
The Truth
Fly Over States
This Nothin’ Town
Johnny Cash
Amarillo Sky
Night Train
1994
Don’t You Wanna Stay (with Kelly Clarkson)
Big Green Tractor
The Only Way I Know (with Luke Bryan)
Dirt Road Anthem (with Ludacris)
She’s Country
My Kinda Party
Hicktown

For more information, please visit  www.JasonAldean.com

Kelly Clarkson Readying County Album

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It’s no secret that Kelly Clarkson has become one of country music’s biggest dabblers. She’s been nominated for tons of country awards, including for female vocalist at the last 2 CMA’s, and even won the Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” She’s BFF’s with Reba, Blake and Miranda and calls Nashville home. She’s released successful collaborations with Reba, Jason Aldean & Vince Gill, and recently rolled out her first solo country offering, “Tie It Up.”  Although the flirty wedding-themed track seemed fitting to her current place in life as she preps to tie the knot, the random release left us scratching our heads as to what it meant.

Well, it looks like ol’ KC has (FINALLY!) opted to take the plunge and record an actual country album. Just this week, she told NY radio station WGNA, “We’ve almost made a whole record.”She’s also mentioned her forthcoming country album at her recent shows as part of her introduction to “Tie It Up.”

Although she may be putting her boots on, she’s not completely ready to hang up her “Since U Been Gone”-esque shoes just yet. “With Jewel and Sheryl Crow, they kinda quit pop and came over the country,” she said. “I love both.”

In addition to this almost-complete country album, Clarkson is finishing up a forthcoming pop album, and will release her first Christmas CD, Wrapped In Red, on October 29th.

CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

George Strait Announces 2014 Tour Dates

George Strait 2014 tour dates announced

The King of Country, George Strait, announced the final dates for his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour this morning at a press conference at AT&T stadium in Dallas. The tour will begin in Lousiana in January and wrap up on a TBA date in Dallas.

Each week, a different opening act will join Strait on the road, and the list of openers include some of the biggest stars in country music, including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack.

“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” Strait says. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

A pre-sale will begin on September 24th for Strait fan club members, and the general sale will begin on September 27th. For more information, please visit http://www.georgestrait.com.

George Strait 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dates:

1/9 – CenturyLink – Bossier City, La.
1/10 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
1/17 – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
1/18 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
1/30 – SAP Center – San Jose, Calif.
1/31 – Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, Calif.
2/1 – MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.
2/7 – US Airways Center – Phoenix, Ariz.
2/8 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
2/14 – The Palace of Auburn Hills  – Auburn Hills, Mich.
2/15 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio
4/28 – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
3/1 – Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
3/7 – KFC Yum! Arena – Louisville, Ky.
3/8 – Allstate Arena – Chicago, Ill.
3/21 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
3/22 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, Ga.
4/4 – Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, Kan.
4/5 – Pepsi Center – Denver, Colo.
4/11 – The Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
4/12 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, Wash.
4/18 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa
4/19 – BOK Arena – Tulsa, Okla.
5/23 – LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest – Baton Rouge,  La.
5/31 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
TBD – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, Texas

Exclusive Interview: Introducing Maggie Sajak

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Rising country star Maggie Sajak recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to her. We chatted about everything from her hot new single “Wild Boy” to her love of Carrie Underwood to her impressive school-music balance.

Maggie recently released a video for her new single, “Wild Boy,” which is a song that she loved immediately upon hearing. (Us too!) While most girls deal with a wild boy or two, the song has a unique twist on the typical tale. “I love the song because it’s powerful for a lot of people. A lot of girls end up having a boy like that in their life at some point, for better or worse. Sometimes they stick with us, sometimes they don’t,” Maggie says. “What’s cool to me is that the song doesn’t just focus on the guy, but it’s more about a girl making the decision about the guy and whether or not to put her heart on the line.”

On first listen to “Wild Boy,” Maggie immediately connected with the lyrics and knew it was a perfect fit. “When I received it, I definitely got the chills the first time I heard it and it really touched me, so I was thinking that it would touch a lot of other people. That’s the most important thing to me, always, the lyrics and the impact it has.”

Nothing Can Keep Jake Owen From Performing … Even Losing His Finger!

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On Monday night, August 20th, Jake Owen was scheduled to perform on Nashville’s Music Row. But, the night before, Jake began experiencing some incidental effects from his go-kart accident, which occurred in July of this year. When Jake noticed his finger, which was shattered in the accident, was bleeding, he decided to visit his doctor to have it checked out. When he was seen by his doctor early in the day on Monday, he was informed that he had to have part of the finger amputated, as he was suffering from an infection.

Despite Jake’s request to wait until the following day so he could perform his Monday night show, the doctor insisted that the amputation needed to be performed immediately. However, Jake did not allow the procedure to interfere with his ability to perform, as the trouper (who has previously hit the stage this summer, only weeks after his accident, to open for Read More >>

Blake Shelton Enlists His Friends for “Boys ‘Round Here” Celeb Remix

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With quite the arsenal of celebrity friends, it’s only fitting for Blake Shelton to bring his new brand of redneck to all facets of the country world. He’s released a “Celebrity Mix” of his current single, “Boys ‘Round Here,” that is sure to have you “red-ing” along with the best of them.

In addition to the Pistol Annies, the song also features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Reba, Josh Turner, Keith Urban and Hank Williams, Jr.

Hear the new mix here:

Jason Aldean debuting Night Train as new single tonight

Jason Aldean. photo credit: James Minchin III

Country superstar Jason Aldean will be debuting his brand new single “Night Train” tonight on the CMT Awards. The title track from his latest album will be sent out to country radio at 12:01 am tonight, so make sure to keep your ears on your local stations to see if you’ll hear it tomorrow! It’s the fourth single from his record, and he’ll be performing it tonight alongside music icon Lenny Kravitz. He’s also co-hosting the night, which kicks off at 8 pm EST on CMT and CMT.com.

About tonight’s award show, Jason said:

“Tonight’s going to be a total blast. I’m hosting for the first time, I get to perform with Lenny Kravitz, AND I get to debut my new single… are you kidding me? I’m going to try my best not to screw anything up and just have fun with all of it. I hope everyone tunes in!”

“Night Train” was co-written by Neil Thrasher and Michael Dulaney. The pair previously had number one singles with Jason with “Fly Over States” and “Tattoos On This Town.”

More CMT Awards performers announced

Jason Aldean.

Tonight’s CMT Awards just got a little bigger. Being added to the already huge list of performers is Nelly, who will join Florida-Georgia Line for their new version of “Cruise,” and Lenny Kravitz who will join Jason Aldean.

Presenters added to the line-up include Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, Dax Shepard, Annasophia Robb, Dr. Drew, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow, Jana Kramer, Kenny Rogers, Reba, The Band Perry, Vince Vaughn, Kelsey Grammar, Lorraine Bracco, and more.

The CMT Video Awards air TONIGHT live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT and CMT.com at 8 pm EST.